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AQI: Dhaka Ranks 2nd Globally for Worst Air Quality with ‘Very Unhealthy’

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Dhaka has secured the second position on the global list of cities with the poorest air quality, registering an Air Quality Index (AQI) score of 272 at 8:55 am today. The air quality in Dhaka was categorized as ‘very unhealthy’ according to the AQI.

Topping the list is Karachi in Pakistan, followed by Kolkata in India at the third spot, and Accra in Ghana at the fourth position, with AQI scores of 352, 262, and 234, respectively. An AQI value between 201 and 300 is labeled ‘very unhealthy’, indicating a serious health risk.

The index, which reports daily air quality, provides crucial information on the cleanliness or pollution levels in a city and the potential health effects for residents.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Urges UAE Investors to Tap into Bangladesh’s Special Economic Zones

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on United Arab Emirates (UAE) investors to invest in Bangladesh’s special economic zones. The request was made during a meeting with UAE Ambassador Abdulla Ali Abdulla Khaseif Alhmoudi at her official residence, Ganabhaban, this morning.

According to the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Md Nayeemul Islam Khan, the UAE ambassador assured the prime minister that his country would issue visas for Bangladeshi workers, ensuring they have jobs waiting for them in the UAE. The envoy emphasized the importance of preventing illegal migration from Bangladesh, a concern both countries agreed to address more diligently.

The UAE ambassador also mentioned that several UAE ministers are planning to visit Bangladesh soon to explore new avenues for strengthening bilateral relations. “We already have a very extensive and deep tie, but we are eager to take it to a new height,” Alhmoudi stated.

Alhmoudi highlighted that approximately 20,000 Bangladeshis travel to the UAE each month, with the UAE embassy issuing around 1,000 visas daily—500 directly and 500 through agents. He extended an invitation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit the UAE, noting that UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum are eagerly waiting to welcome her.

In response to Sheikh Hasina’s appeal for UAE investment in Bangladesh’s special economic zones, Alhmoudi said that the visiting UAE ministers would discuss the matter further. The envoy also sought cooperation from the prime minister to expedite UAE investments in Bangladesh, including in the container terminal sector. Sheikh Hasina assured him that her government is accelerating processes across all sectors.

Additionally, Alhmoudi mentioned that a UAE company is in the final stages of negotiating prices to provide an Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) to Bangladesh’s civil aviation sector. The prime minister delegated the task to PMO Secretary Mohammad Salahuddin.

For security reasons, the US, EU member states, and other countries now require detailed passenger information from airlines before travel, known as Advance Passenger Information (API).

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Bata Shoe Reveals Impressive EPS Surge in Q1

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One of the listed companies, Bata Shoe Bangladesh Limited discloses its financial reports for the first quarter, (January – March 24).

The company’s earnings per share (EPS) was Tk 13.42 paisa in Q1 of the current financial year (January – March 24). EPS was Tk 9.96 (restated) paisa during the same period last year. As of March 31, 2024, at the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year, the company’s net asset value (NAV) per share stood at Tk 251.35.

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Rupali Bank Discloses their Dividends

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One of the Listed companies, Rupali Bank PLC has recommended No Dividend for the year ended December 31, 2023.

In terms of financial performance, The Company has also reported Consolidated EPS  of Tk. 1.35 for the year ended December 31, 2023. NAV per share of Tk. 36.90 paisa.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company will be held on July 30, through the digital platform. The record date for this has been fixed at June 12.

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